Classic! Live at Newport

Classic! Live at Newport is a live album by American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano recorded in 2005 during the 51st Newport Jazz Festival and released on July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29) via Blue Note label.[3][4] This is his 25th album to his Blue Note catalog.

Classic! Live at Newport
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ReleasedJuly 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)
VenueNewport Jazz Festival
LabelBlue Note 0602547950383
ProducerGeorge Wein
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Classic! Live at Newport
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Lovano dedicated the album to the memory of both the pianist Hank Jones and longtime Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall. The six-tune recording features musical material drawn from the studio albums that Lovano recorded with Jones in 2004–2005.[5] Lovano initially assembled his quartet with Jones, Mraz, and Motian in 2004 to record album I'm All For You. The record saw critical success, and the quartet returned to the studio to record the album Joyous Encounter, which was released in May 2005. That summer, Classic! Live at Newport was recorded with Lewis Nash who replaced Motian.[6] On his website Lovano mentioned that this album is his final for Blue Note label.[7]


Hrayr Attarian of Chicago Jazz Magazine noted "It took 11 years for saxophonist Joe Lovano’s superb live recording from the 51st Newport Jazz festival to be released. During these years, the world lost the ingenious pianist Hank Jones, who makes the resulting album Classic! Live at Newport all the more poignant. The disc is the fourth documented collaboration between Lovano and Jones and is as intriguing as the others, yet unique in its unbridled energy and lively spontaneity....This splendid disc not only captures an exciting and stimulating concert, it also renders it impeccably and with vivid sound. Listening to it is certainly not a substitute for the actual attendance of this memorable event, but Classic! does allow for repeated enjoyment of the work of a quartet captured at the height of its creative power."[8]

John Paul of PopMatters wrote that "Classic! Live at Newport offers little in the way of new or unexpected turns from any of these performers. Instead it serves as a fine reminder of the strengths of each and a fitting showcase for the link between jazz’s old and new guard, Lovano falling squarely in the middle. Fans of straight-ahead jazz and thrilling live performances will find much to like here".[9]

Track listing

1."Big Ben"Lovano7:11
2."Bird's Eye View"Lovano11:06
3."Don't Ever Leave Me"Thad Jones10:23
4."I'm All for You"Lovano9:54
5."Kids Are Pretty People"Thad Jones8:09
6."Six and Four"Oliver Nelson11:04
Total length:57:47




  • John Abbott – photography
  • Mike Joyce – design
  • Joe Lovano – producer
  • Kurt Lundvall – engineer, mastering, mixing
  • George Wein – producer
  • Judi Silvano – cover art


  1. Spreyer, Simon. "Classic! Live at Newport - Joe Lovano". Retrieved 2016-02-15.
  2. PAUL, JOHN (13 October 2016). "Joe Lovano Quartet Classic! Live at Newport". Pop Matters. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. "CLASSIC! LIVE AT NEWPORT (2016)". Blue Note. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. Bilawsky, Dan (July 8, 2016). "Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live At Newport". All About Jazz. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  5. "Joe Lovano 2005 live set spotlights Hank Jones". The Malta Independent. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. "CLASSIC! LIVE AT NEWPORT (2016)". Blue Note. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  7. "Classic!". Official website. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  8. Attarian, Hrayr (September 13, 2016). "CD Review: Joe Lovano - Classic! Live at Newport". Chicago Jazz Magazine. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  9. PAUL, JOHN (13 October 2016). "Joe Lovano Quartet Classic! Live at Newport". Pop Matters. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
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